Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), are testifying at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to review EPA administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in Flint, Michigan on Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Haiyun Jiang Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), are testifying at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to review EPA administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in Flint, Michigan on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made a rare appearance before Congress to discuss the water crisis in Flint, MI. Snyder showed contrition for his role in the crisis and also spoke about what and others in Michigan were doing to help the residents of Flint.

Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy also appeared and while she recognized the wrongs done by the EPA, she still put a great deal of blame on Snyder:

“Their interactions with us were intransigent, misleading and contentious. As a result, EPA staff were unable to understand the potential scope of the lead problem until more than a year after that water supply was switched.”

Snyder also put some blame on the actions of the EPA:

Snyder said that “inefficient, ineffective and unaccountable bureaucrats at the EPA allowed this disaster to continue unnecessarily.”

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